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Rack and fender options on Fuji Cross(5 posts)

Rack and fender options on Fuji CrossJR007
Nov 27, 2002 9:42 AM
I have a 2000 Fuji Cross (steel) that I'm using for commuting. I'd like to put a rear rack and some fenders on it, but it lacks braze-ons. I could use a rack that clamps to the seat post, but what about fenders? Is it advisable to add braze-ons to Ritchey socket drop-outs?
Zip ties and duct tape!!TWD
Nov 27, 2002 9:58 AM
Zip ties and duct tape are all you should need to attach anything right?

On a more serious note, there are a few fender options. There are a few types of fenders out there that attach to the fork crown or seatporst only (can't remember which brands or models). In general, they won't work as well as a good quality set of full coverage fenders (the type that use the metal stays attached to the braze-ons).

These types tend to allow alot more mud and road spray up onto your feet, legs, bike, but they at least keep the big brown stripe off your back and most of the stuff out of your face. They also tend to flop around alot more off-road.

Still better than nothing if you don't want to have somebody add the braze-ons to your frame.
HintB2
Nov 27, 2002 10:49 AM
Learned this from a guy at my LBS

Take some of the older style cloth handlebar tape and wrap it around your seatstay a few times where you want to connect your fender. Cut a vert slice in the cloth tape precisely where you want the fender support to come into contacty with the seat stay. Zip tie the fender support to this location and wrap with a little electrical tape for good measure. The slit in the cloth tape keeps the fender support from slipping around on the seat stay.

I did this on one of my bikes and the fenders are very solid. They seem to stay put even if they get knocked around a bit. I don't think I would try this with a rack though - too much load to support.

Good Luck,
Bryan

P.S. - I could be wrong, but I think that if you add braze on eyelets, it will probably require more than simply touch-up painting.
Don't go with a seatpost rackGlowBoy
Nov 27, 2002 12:34 PM
especially on a steel bike with a 27mm-ish seatpost. All of the seatpost-mounted racks require a shim to attach to a seatpost that size, and IME the rack simply won't stay on securely. I tried the Topeak rack a few months ago and couldn't even get halfway through my 9 mile commute without it starting to rotate back and forth.

There are adapters that let you clamp a conventional rack onto your seatstays. I'd go that route.

- Dan
seatpost rack fixrockbender
Dec 2, 2002 9:11 AM
I've got a reasonable solution for the shims required of 27ish seatposts for post mounted racks. I agree - the little rubber ones that come with them really don't work well at all.

I took a piece of 1" PVC pipe and cut off a 1.5" piece, then cut a vertical slice in it (about .5" wide). After you do this, slide an old piece of tube over the PVC section and you now have a shim that will 'snap' onto your seatpost and also work effectively at keeping the rack from twisting around.